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Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Area of study
Computer Science
Description

The Harvard Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) and Professor David Parkes solicits applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in Harvard Computer Science, starting September 2020 (or sooner) and to continue through the 2021-22 academic year.

CRCS has established a new research pillar, devoted to bringing together a diverse group of researchers to understand more about the technical and societal implications—both within the computer science community and throughout the wider world—of applied cryptography and associated decentralized systems, with an emphasis on economic and societal questions.

Topics of interest include cryptocurrencies, on-chain governance, formal methods for smart contracts, consensus protocols, contracts and oracles, algorithms for blockchain technologies, privacy, and usable cryptography.

We are interested in diverse research methodologies, including theory, AI, systems, programming languages, and empirical work. In addition to David Parkes, other affiliated faculty include Stephen Chong, HT Kung, and Michael Mitzenmacher.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be provided with a competitive annual salary plus additional funds to support research and travel.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.
 

How to Apply

Application Procedure and Deadline

A complete application will include:

(a) A cover letter

(b) A curriculum vitae

(c) A two-four page research statement

(d) At most three research papers

(e) Names of two to three letters of reference


Applicants should email items (a)-(d) as a single PDF file to Ms. Ann Marie King (aking@seas.harvard.edu) using “CRCS (applied cryptography and society) postdoc application” as the title of the email. Letter writers should send their letters directly to Ms. Ann Marie King (aking@seas.harvard.edu).

Interested candidates are encouraged to submit their applications by March 23, 2020 for full consideration. Applications will continue to be accepted after this deadline as long as the position is not filled.

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Postdoctoral Research Position at Harvard on Electrochemical Engineering of Organic Aqueous Flow Battery Electrodes

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Application deadline
Area of study
Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering
Description

A postdoctoral research associate position is available for electrochemical and chemical engineering research on redox flow cells based on novel electrochemistries such as the aqueous-soluble organic couples described in [1] and [2]. The position is for one year and may be extended for a second year if justified by performance and continued funding.


This research project is a collaboration between the materials group of Prof. Michael Aziz in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the theoretical chemistry group of Prof. Alán Aspuru-Guzik at the University of Toronto, the experimental chemistry group of Prof. Roy Gordon of SEAS and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and the hydrodynamics group of Prof. Shmuel Rubinstein in SEAS. The researcher who takes this position will perform research in collaboration with others in the Aziz laboratory to design, build, and characterize small redox flow cells based on chemicals designed and synthesized by the collaborating chemists. S/he will develop an understanding of the performance and loss mechanisms of all aspects of cell operation [3,4,5], and innovate on electrode and cell design so as to uniquely identify loss mechanisms, enhance performance and reduce losses [6,7]. Relevant phenomena are expected to include reversible and irreversible side reactions including molecular decomposition; Faradaic redox kinetics at flat and structured electrodes; mass transport to and from electrodes; ionic conduction within porous media; electron conduction through electrodes; membrane Ohmic losses; species crossover; osmotic effects; intrinsic porosity and flow field design for electrolyte flow through porous electrodes; and long-term degradation mechanisms. Among the methods s/he will utilize to understand these phenomena are quantitative electrochemical impedance spectrometry; the design and implementation of reference electrodes in operando [4]; and the development of methods to isolate and evaluate losses from individual components [4,7]. S/he will work with the multi-group team on many aspects of these studies and will supervise graduate and undergraduate students in the performance of some aspects of this research.

Requirements:
-Demonstrated strong experimental skills.
-Pragmatism in meeting project deadlines.
-Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others.
-Availability to begin the position on or before May 1, 2020.
-All the work for a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Electrochemistry, or a related field should be completed by May 1, 2020.
-Familiarity with some of the methods mentioned above is an advantage, but the ability to rapidly learn and implement new methods is more important.

REFERENCES

see also description and press at http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/electrochemistry

1. B. Huskinson, M.P. Marshak, C. Suh, S. Er, M.R. Gerhardt, C.J. Galvin, X. Chen, A. Aspuru-Guzik, R.G. Gordon and M.J. Aziz, “A metal-free organic-inorganic aqueous flow battery”, Nature 505, 195 (2014); http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja240.pdf
2. Y. Ji, M.-A. Goulet, D.A. Pollack, D.G. Kwabi, S. Jin, D. DePorcellinis, E.F. Kerr, R.G. Gordon, and M.J. Aziz, “A phosphonate-functionalized quinone redox flow battery at near-neutral pH with record capacity retention rate” Advanced Energy Materials 2019, 1900039;
http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja280.pdf
3. Q. Chen. L. Eisenach, and M.J. Aziz, "Cycling analysis of a quinone-bromide redox flow battery", J. Electrochem. Soc. 163, A5057 (2016); http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja254.pdf
4. Q. Chen, M.R. Gerhardt and M.J. Aziz, "Dissection of the voltage losses of an acidic quinone redox flow battery", J. Electrochem. Soc.164, A1126 (2017); http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja267.pdf
5. M.-A. Goulet & M.J. Aziz, “Flow Battery Molecular Reactant Stability Determined by Symmetric Cell Cycling Methods”, J. Electrochem. Soc. 165, A1466 (2018); http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja279.pdf
6. M.R. Gerhardt, A.A. Wong, and M.J. Aziz, "The Effect of Interdigitated Channel and Land Dimensions on Flow Cell Performance" J. Electrochem. Soc. 165, A2625 (2018), http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja283.pdf
7. M.-A. Goulet, L. Tong, D.A. Pollack, D.P. Tabor, S.A. Odom, A. Aspuru-Guzik, E.E. Kwan, R.G. Gordon, and M.J. Aziz, “Extending the lifetime of organic flow batteries via redox state management” Journal of the American Chemical Society 141, 8014 (2019); http://aziz.seas.harvard.edu/files/azizgroup/files/mja287.pdf

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.


 

How to Apply

Interested parties should send a single pdf file including a C.V., a list of publications, up to two representative publications, and complete contact information for at least two professional references to:

<electrochem-postdoc@seas.harvard.edu>

Make the subject line of the email message: "Postdoc in electrochemical engineering for flow batteries"

Full consideration will be given to all applications received by February 15, 2020; applications received thereafter will be considered until the position is filled.
 

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TENURE-TRACK PROFESSOR IN THEORETICAL QUANTUM INFORMATION

Job type
Tenure-track faculty
Time status
Full-time
Area of study
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Description

Harvard University
Harvard Quantum Initiative

Position Description: The Harvard Quantum Initiative, Departments of Physics, Chemistry and the SEAS areas of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering seek to appoint a tenure-track professor in the broad theoretical domain of quantum information. Areas of
interest may include but are not limited to quantum algorithms, communication, complexity, control, and the physics of quantum information systems. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment in the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and/or a FAS Science Department. Potential appointment areas/departments include Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Chemistry.

The expected start date is July 1, 2020. The tenure-track professor will be responsible for establishing an active research program, supervising students and postdoctoral fellows, and teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

We particularly encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

Basic Qualifications: Doctorate or terminal degree in Physics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or a related discipline required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications: Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching is desired.

Required application documents include a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests, a teaching statement, and up to three representative papers. In addition, we ask for a statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas. Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted. At least one letter must come from someone who has not served as the candidate’s undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral advisor. We encourage candidates to apply by December 15, 2019, but applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and
pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted at the following link: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9396

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Lecturer in Engineering Design

Job type
Teaching faculty
Time status
Part-time
Area of study
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Science & Engineering
Materials Science & Mechanical Engineering
Description

The John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University seeks applicants for the position of Lecturer on Engineering Sciences for a one-year term position. This is a part-time appointment with an expected start date of January 1, 2020.

We invite applications from individuals with broad experience and expertise in design engineering, systems thinking and related design processes.

Typical Responsibilities:

• Teach or co-teach an undergraduate engineering course, Engineering Sciences 96: Engineering Problem Solving and Design Project
• Serve as a section leader for the Engineering Sciences 96 course or other SEAS design courses and mentor student teams working on design projects
• Participate in curricular planning discussions with other faculty and staff as it applies to engineering design education and hands-on project-based courses
• Hold office hours and work one-on-one with undergraduate students
• Advise students on engineering and design aspects of other course projects


Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Environmental Engineering, or a related field. Candidates should have proven experience in design engineering, such as design process, CAD/CAM, materials, robotics, embedded systems, etc., and be able to demonstrate practical, hands-on experience. We seek candidates who have a strong passion for and commitment to working closely with undergraduate students. Previous experience working on design projects in industry a plus.


Required documents include a cover letter, CV and a one-page statement of teaching interests. In addition, we ask for a statement describing efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past, current, and anticipated future contributions in these areas. Candidates are also required to submit the names and contact information for at least three and up to five references, and the application is complete only when three letters have been submitted.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

We encourage candidates to apply on line at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/9367 by November 30, 2019, but will continue to review applications until the position is filled.

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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN BIOELECTRONICS

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Description

Prof. Jia Liu’s Group at Harvard University seeks talented post-doctoral fellows to work on Bioelectronics for Neuroengineering and Brain Science. Specifically, the postdoctoral fellow will work on the design, development and fabrication of advanced nanoelectronics for brain implantation. The postdoctoral fellow will work together with a team of electrical engineers, chemists, materials scientists and computational biologists and neuroscientists.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Nanoscience or related fields will be considered. Candidates must have research experience in cleanroom nanoelectronics fabrication. Experience in flexible electronics fabrication or multidisciplinary background and research experience are highly preferred.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

Application procedure: Interested candidates should submit their application packet to Prof. Jia Liu (jia_liu@seas.harvard.edu) with the following documents: cover letter, CV, 3 relevant first author paper(s), and the names of three referees.

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Postdoctoral fellow in theoretical neuroscience and brain-inspired machine learning

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Area of study
Applied Mathematics
Description

Postdoctoral positions are available in Cengiz Pehlevan’s theoretical neuroscience group at Harvard University. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical and numerical skills, and backgrounds in (theoretical) neuroscience, applied mathematics, physics, engineering, computer science, or related fields.

Our group seeks to understand the algorithms of the brain and their neural implementation. Current interests include, but are not limited to, unsupervised learning of sensory representations, reinforcement learning of motor skills, decision making and brain-inspired machine learning. For recent publications, see pehlevan.seas.harvard.edu. Successful candidates will join a vibrant community of researchers at Harvard and take part in collaborations with experimental labs across the campus.

The position is funded for multiple years, with an initial one-year appointment and expectation of extension contingent on satisfactory progress. To apply, please email a short statement of research interests, a CV, and the contact information of at least two references to Cengiz Pehlevan (cpehlevan@seas.harvard.edu), with the subject line “Theory Postdoctoral Fellow”. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Bio-Inspired Engineering

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Area of study
Bioengineering
Description

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University invites applications for a number of postdoctoral fellow positions. The mission of the Wyss Institute is to discover the engineering principles that Nature uses to build living things; to pursue the high-risk research that is fundamental to advance this effort; and to harness these insights to create biologically inspired materials and devices to advance human health and improve the environment – thereby revolutionizing clinical medicine and creating a more sustainable world.

A Ph.D. in a related field is required as is a background in synthetic biology, living materials or biological control. Candidates are specifically sought for the following enabling technology platforms: 3D Organ Engineering; Adaptive Materials Technologies; Molecular Robotics; Living Cellular Devices; Synthetic Biology; Bioinspired Therapeutics and Diagnostics; Immuno-Materials and Bioinspired Soft Robotics.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

How to Apply

Applications, assembled as single pdf files, should contain a C.V., a cover letter describing research interests and goals, a full list of publications, copies of up to three relevant scientific papers, and names and contact information for at least three writers of letters of recommendation, who might be contacted as references. Applications should be sent to postdocs@wyss.harvard.edu.

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Wyss Institute Technology Development Fellows

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Description

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University (http://www.wyss.harvard.edu) invites nominations of individuals of outstanding talent and technical skills for a number of Wyss Technology Development Fellow positions. Wyss Fellows will be provided with a competitive salary, and additional funds to support independent exploratory research. The Fellowships are intended for brilliant young women and men of great promise with outstanding technical expertise who have completed their doctoral degree within the last five years. Fellowships are awarded for up to three years.

Although Wyss Fellows will be granted more independence and a greater emphasis on technology creation and translation than other postdocs on campus, they can benefit from the role of Institute Core Faculty and members of the Advanced Technology Team as mentors.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can obtain more information about the application process and can download the nomination sheet on the Wyss Institute website at: https://wyss.harvard.edu/careers/academic/.

Applications should be sent to wyssfellows@wyss.harvard.edu.

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Research Associate in Atmospheric Sciences

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Application deadline
Area of study
Environmental Science & Engineering
Description

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work with Professor Steven Wofsy on the Dynamics and Chemistry of the Summer Stratosphere campaign.

The effort is directed toward preparing the HUPCRS Instrument for the DCOTSS ER-2 campaign, conducting pre- and post-mission laboratory calibrations, integrating and removing the HUPCRS instrument onto/from the ER-2 for each deployment, participating in the test flight series in Palmdale, CA and the various field campaigns in Salina, Kansas,  assisting with post-mission data quality control, analyzing the flight data to assist in meeting the mission goals, and participating in preparation of peer-review publications of the mission results.

Harvard University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

How to Apply

A PhD or equivalent in atmospheric sciences is required. Post-doctoral experience is preferred. To apply, please send a CV, research statement, and the names and contact information of three people who can be asked for letters of reference to: tetyana_donnelli@harvard.edu with the subject header titled "Wofsy DCOTSS Research Associate".

Review of applications will begin immediately. Application deadline is October 31, 2019.

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Information Theory and Data Science at Harvard SEAS

Job type
Postdoctoral Fellow/Researcher
Time status
Full-time
Area of study
Computer Science
Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the area of information theory, data science, and applications to social psychology. The post-doctoral fellow will be directly involved in an inter-institutional research project that combines methods from social psychology, machine learning, and information theory to create algorithmic tools that monitor middle school student, teacher, and school-level data for factors that impact students' engagement in STEM. These tools will (i) help identify pedagogical or socio-economic factors that have a disparate impact on the decisions made by female students, (ii) predict which students are most vulnerable to being discouraged from pursuing STEM fields, and (iii) inform effective interventions that help close the gender gap.

The project will be undertaken together with collaborators at MIT (Prof. Muriel Médard) and UMass Amherst (Prof. N. Dasgupta). The post-doctoral fellow will directly interact with researchers at all three institutions. In parallel, the post-doctoral fellow will also have the opportunity to undertake other projects at the intersection of information theory and data science currently being developed at Prof. Calmon's research group at Harvard.

Applicants should have a solid understanding of data science and information theory, and a strong interest in applying machine learning to education settings. Some background in social psychology is encouraged but not mandatory. The ability to write code beyond Matlab (e.g., Python, Tensorflow, R) and to manipulate large datasets is a big plus. The position is funded for up to two years.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a single pdf containing a cover letter (i.e., a short paragraph stating your interest), a CV, two selected publications, the name of three references, and a link to their personal website to Prof. Flavio Calmon (flavio@seas.harvard.edu). The subject line of the e-mail should read "IT+Education Harvard Fall 2019”.

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